Detoxing, A Guide to a Healthy Gut

In today’s society of ‘food on the run’, microwaves, overly processed foods and environmental toxins, we as a society are not properly nourished. Home cooked meals from fresh produce, unaltered whole meats, grains and unprocessed foods seem to be our grandmother’s thing to do.. As a society we are not properly nourished.

As a whole, our bodies struggle daily to eliminate debilitating toxins, metals, preservatives, environmental pollutants, drugs (even prescription drugs), nitrates and simple sugars while suffering from Mal-nutrition. These poisons not only block the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals but an over load of these toxins can and will dis-able our organs from functioning properly.

For instance, a few of the five hundred functions of our liver includes aiding in digestion by secreting bile that breaks down fats, processes toxins such as drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins for elimination through our kidneys and colon, produces good cholesterol, regulates normal levels of blood sugar in the blood, oxidizes triglycerides in the blood to produce energy, and cleans up waste products produced during metabolism.

Given the multitasking nature of our liver it is so important for us to assist our liver, colon and body in its job of detoxing. Feeding ourselves and family a diet of fast food, preservatives, toxins, fluoride and chlorine (bleach) in the water, pesticides, genetically modified ‘food’, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, trans fats and bad bacteria from not washing our hands and food overloads our liver, kidneys, heart and digestive tract. This can be compared to pouring grease down our kitchen sink. Our sink will clog just like our body clogs.

All of these toxins dumped into our bodies not only slows down our metabolism but will lead to obesity, early death and heart problems. Doctors agree that 60% – 80% of our immune system is in our digestive tract. Our lymph, liver, kidneys, large intestine and small intestine all work together to clean up the toxic waste produced by metabolism, all chemical reactions that keep us alive.

Obesity over time leads to a fatty ‘dis-eased’ liver where eventually the cells of the liver will be destroyed. Excessive alcohol consumption also destroys liver cells eventually leading to a toxic body and death. Ammonia is a by-product of digesting protein. Excessive amounts of ammonia that is not effectively eliminated will make us sick. Ammonia is broken down in the liver into urea that is then eliminated with our urine. Cirrhosis of the liver and Hepatitis inhibits the conversion of ammonia into urea leading to death if not corrected.

A buildup of waste in our colon also leads to illness and ‘dis-ease’ as our body becomes toxic.

To restore health and prevent most ‘dis-ease’, we can eat wholesome whole foods, drink cleansing herbal teas, add cleansing herbs to our food, eliminate artificial coloring, sweeteners and preservatives from our diet, limit our alcohol consumption, drink half our weight in ounces of water daily, limit coffee to one or two cups a day, keep a PH balance in our body at 7 with a balanced diet, and exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Smokers dump 4500 different chemicals into their blood stream every time they take a drag off of a cigarette from the artificially laced tobacco in cigarettes today. One of these chemicals is formaldehyde. Second hand smoke is just as bad if not worse.

There is so much that we have control over with our health today that there is no legitimate reason for being sickly and diseased. Massage is also an excellent way of assisting the body in removing unwanted toxins. During a 60 minute massage lymph glands, cells and muscles are stripped of toxic fluid and rushed through our elimination system. When one makes a lifestyle change as noted above then quality of life is a direct result. Cheers to a fulfilling, energetic long life.